June 27, 2007

blog.widgets.initialize(Shelfari,Flickr)

I added some widgets tonight from my favorite places on the web, and made some minor formatting changes. Spent most of the evening inviting friends to Facebook. It's painful to maintain more than one "social networking" site, given I already use LinkedIn, but LinkedIn seems like a specialized tool, and Facebook is definitely feeling like a platform now. I love Twitter, but can't seem to figure out how to reconcile using Blogger and Twitter at the same time. I've heard that Twitter is the way to serve your "appetizer" thoughts and Blogger is for the "main course", but that analogy doesn't work for me. They serve two different purposes, but do we have to maintain two different sites? Seems like there is just more and more work to be a social Web citizen these days. Twitter, Blogger, Flickr, Shelfari, LinkedIn, FaceBook, MySpace at a minimum to be a mainstream citizen, with plenty of other "hip" destinations to update to keep your upper crust status. Maybe Facebook or MySpace absorbs some of these others by becoming the platform and uber destination, but this seems a bit complicated for me. Here is a wide presumption on my part borne out in part by market research I've read, but in many cases for Gen X (and older), time is more valuable than money. I definitely have more time than money, which is to say that I have very little time. With that in mind, how does a Gen Y maintain their social and web cred when it currently requires going to at least seven sites regularly to maintain and add friends, update content, and absorb content from your friends and family? Maybe the answer is focus and aggregation (everyone writes apps for the Facebook platform), but I'm not sure that will happen.
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